"Crawford also told the (source) that the target of his radiation emitting device would be the Muslim community," the complaint states. "Crawford described the device's capabilities as 'Hiroshima on a light switch' and that 'everything with respiration would be dead by the morning.'"
Crawford ended the meeting by stating "how much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?"
The FBI complaint charges Crawford and Feight with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, including use of a weapon of mass destruction."
Area Man: Once more we see the problem of bringing a mad mechanic or engineer to a mad scientist sort of situation.
Hey, hey, it takes all kinds. If the mad community is ever going to build a death ray or establish a secret lair in a volcano, it will require cooperation among the mad scientists, mad engineers, and mad mechanics.
goethean: It would be weird to go to jail for attempting to do something that's not actually possible.
I don't know--he was just trying to build a turbo-charged X-Ray machine and he was a GE engineer. I'm sure you could soup up an X-ray machine to deliver lethal doses of radiation, like he planned. Not sure his stated aims in terms of portability and payload could easily be met...
Reading things like this just makes me feel that we really prioritize spending for criminal justice over spending on mental health too much. When he goes to jail, who wins? The imaginary victims of his impossible plans?
The Goiânia accident was the specific one I had in mind and had to hunt down.
It feels like the Therac-25 incident might be more informative here. I think that was a purely electrical x-ray source (although I am not sure) and it was able to produce enough x-rays to produce rapid harm under certain conditions.
"how much sweeter could there be than a big stack of smelly bodies?"
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